A representative from Ofsted commented on the following matters recently at a meeting with Governor Service professionals:
Many governors when asked by inspectors were unable to say what were the 3 main strengths of the school and the 3 main areas for development
Governing body minutes are read to seek evidence of challenge - inspectors will want to know from their conversation that challenge comes from more than one governor
Inspectors were surprised when governors didn’t know about attainment and progress of different year groups and in different subjects. (Governors were usually stronger on end of key stage information) and governors at least one governor should be to be very familiar with the RAISEonline Inspection Dashboard.
Inspectors were surprised at the number of governors who didn’t know what impact the pupil premium funding had, especially the early years' pupil premium.
Many school websites are not fully compliant in terms of expected content - if there is a small admin error, for example not including full first names of governors, an inspector would expect it to be remedied before the inspection finished. Major non-compliance would have an impact on the inspector’s view of the school and governing body prior to the inspection)